I hope everyone had a nice Memorial Day Weekend! It doesn’t really feel like Wednesday… holiday work weeks are always weird. Emmett and I hopped a flight on Friday to Nashville and spent the long weekend catching up with friends and family. I thought I’d share a snippet of our adventures and share a tiny little travel guide, as well as give you a peek into the gorgeous hotel we stayed at, in case anyone else has a Tennessee trip planned. Click through for lots of design inspiration, good food recommendations, and more!
I’ll start with the hotel because aside from seeing friends & fam, that was the most exciting part of the trip. I felt so inspired after our stay at the Noelle! It’s a Tribute Portfolio boutique hotel and wowza- it was GOOD. I mean, just look at that tile work and mid century entrance vignette shown above. This place has character galore.
I was VERY impressed with the decor and design- especially the millwork! From the panel moulding on the walls to the modern coffered ceiling, I was pretty much drooling the minute we stepped foot into our room. It was the perfect mix of modern, mid century, and art deco design. You guys know I’m a detail oriented person, and every single design element was well thought out… even the embroidered bedding.
There was also a cute little sitting area in our room and the furniture was as comfy as it was functional. With a tv on both sides of the wall (bedside and lounge side) we got in plenty of R&R and lounging over the course of the weekend. We haven’t taken a break is SO long, it was nice to just chill for an hour or two each day and mindlessly watch tv. I know that’s lame, but it felt really nice.
I actually won the hotel stay (thanks to you!!) as a prize for the Domino Blog Awards. I selected Nashville because we have family there and we wanted to catch up and see everyone. It was really nice to spend some quality time with our friends, siblings, nieces, and nephews. Anyway, since it was a celebratory type of trip, the friendly staff had a chilled bottle of champagne waiting in our room upon our arrival. So nice of them!
I also took away a lot of inspiration from the spacious bathroom in our room. One of my favorite things was the privacy glass and vintage looking doors. This was the kind of privacy glass I wanted in our shower window, but sadly the manufacturer didn’t offer this fluted option. I’m now having a twinge of buyer’s remorse after seeing how perfect the glass looked and knowing it’s exactly what I had envisioned for our own bathroom.
The gorgeous “marble” throughout the bathroom is actually faux, but it’s VERY convincing. A couple years ago, I had the privilege of touring the manufacturer of this particular tile- who is also located in Nashville. It was very evident lots of things were locally sourced. The tile from our show house bathroom actually came from the same place and they have some gorgeous, yet affordable products.
Outside of our room, the lobby, restaurant, cocktail lounge, and coffee shop were equally as impressive…. even the hallway and elevators had beautiful details!
We had some really great craft cocktails at the lobby bar. It doesn’t get more convenient than taking the elevator downstairs for a drink. There were tons of great places to lounge and socialize, so our friends ended up gathering here one night to catch up- again, super convenient for us… and look at those show stopping leather bar stools!
Isn’t this place stunning?! I couldn’t get over the furniture and decor… I kept snapping images as reminders to try to source some of the items. Emmett was a good sport while I spent a good hour taking photos to share with you guys!
Every morning, we made our way downstairs to start the day with a latte from the “drug store” coffee bar. You know you’re back in the south when you can get a bourbon vanilla latte. I need to learn to make these at home because they are as good as they sound! We sat under that giant tapestry each morning for our morning coffee- talk about a cool place to start the day.
We also had dinner one night at Makeready L&L… the hotel restaurant. We went with two of our friends and it did not disappoint! They serve the dishes family style, so we tried a bit of everything and enjoyed sharing our meal tapas style. Do you love the buttery leather channel tufted banquette seating as much as I do? One thing I learned from this trip- I have to have something channel tufted sooner or later. I love the look!
In regards to food outside the hotel, I’m partial to the 12 South area. We had the following and I’d recommend every single one of them! I’m convinced you can’t have a bad meal or cocktail in Nashville.
- Bartaco // obviously their tacos are fantastic… I also had a tasty paloma and the guac is as fresh as it gets.
- Flip Side // we split their nacho style tots and each got a version of their house made chicken… with a gin & juice shandy to sip.
- Frothy Monkey // this was our favorite brunch of the trip.
- Hattie B’s // two words… hot chicken.
- Josephine // for a fancy and hip dinner that tastes as good as it looks… get dessert!
- Tacqueria del Sol // we didn’t try their food, but the margaritas were on point.
We didn’t really do any shopping because the trip was so quick and we wanted to spend as much time with family as we could, but we did hit up the Domino pop up shop, that was located in our hotel lobby. It was perfect timing and closed the day we checked out. We bought a book and a Nashville candle. I always love bringing home objects from our travels to style throughout our house. I like that our decor is usually associated with a memory.
Speaking of memories, we also wandered around the corner and discovered a tiny tattoo shop. We randomly decided to get new tattoos (another thing we like doing while traveling). Overall, the trip was just what we needed. It was so great to catch up with people we love and spend quality time together after working very hard on our house the last 4 – 5 months. It really reminded us to travel more frequently and make time for things we love.
I’m wayyyy behind after our little weekend getaway, so I’ll be back on Monday with fresh content. I need to take the rest of the week to play catchup and return a bajillion emails. If you’re waiting to hear from me or have messaged on social media- I’m sorry! I promise I’ll get to you eventually. In the meantime, comment below with any questions or comments from our Nashville trip! I love chatting with you guys about blog posts. They make the long hours worth it. xox